MONDAY (July 6, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
“For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.” (Romans 7:14–20)
Living under the law, keeps us captive to our sin and our sinful selves. The law only condemns. It does not save us, and our efforts to break free from sin only lead to failure. Failure renders us vulnerable and fallible. This is where the Gospel comes in. Christ in His mercy, frees us from ourselves.
Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Heavenly Father, bless Denise with faith in you and fervent love toward all those who cross her path this day. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer of the Week (from Sunday)
Gracious God, our heavenly Father, Your mercy attends us all our days. Be our strength and support amid the wearisome changes of this world, and at life’s end grant us Your promised rest and the full joys of Your salvation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.